A Firsthand Account of the Noodle Fights Up North


I would like to start off by welcoming each and every Obie who is reading this back to campus. It’s a new year, which means new wild Obie stories and adventures. I want to let you all know that you may take some W’s and some L’s this semester, but as long as you keep moving forward, it’s all good. It has already been a pretty wild semester for some of us, but we got this! I want to share a pretty goofy story with y’all for the first Grape issue of the year.


Sheesh...This past Saturday night was a rather interesting one. To be blunt, the night pretty much ended with white people smacking the hell out of each other with pool noodles. It was honestly one of the goofiest and funniest events that I’ve ever seen here at Oberlin. I honestly can’t even believe that I saw some people viciously fighting each other with pool noodles, and apparently, this isn’t the first time that this has even happened. 


So, where do I even begin? It’s important to note that I live on the north side of campus. Therefore, I was basically right in the middle of all the madness that went down later. It was around nine o’clock and the pregames are usually just getting started around that time. In the meantime, I changed into some nice clothes to get ready for the night and linked up with my friends at one of the Goldsmith houses. Once I got there, I had a good time with some good music playing. Sounds like the typical night in Oberlin so far, right? Well, things started getting a little weirder as the night continued.


As usual, a lot of people were drunk at the time. Everyone seemed scattered all around the Goldsmith houses. Honestly, it didn’t seem like anything different was going on. Then, I started hearing yelling that was much louder than usual. So, I walked toward the noise and saw this huge crowd of people. I thought there was an actual fight going on, so I look even looked closer. It turns out that there were actually people fighting each other with… pool noodles.


That’s right. It wasn’t like they were just play fighting either. To an extent, yeah, they weren’t trying to kill each other or anything. They were definitely passionate about winning the noodle “fight” since they were definitely drunk. I can’t fully blame them though. I mean, think about it. There really aren’t that many things to do on a Saturday night in Oberlin. Sometimes, the functions that are going on just aren’t the right vibe for some people. So, they decided to do their own thing with the pool noodle fights and have a lot of fun while doing it. 


I feel like a lot of people here don’t really do things like that. They don’t create their own random fun events for people to pull up to. It’s always the usual party that gets shut down by SNS. These guys got drunk and came up with a pool noodle fight club. That idea in itself may sound goofy as hell, but damn, it does sound a little fun while you’re drunk. I have no idea who came up with the idea in the first place, but it is definitely one of the most unique and drunk things that I have ever seen at Oberlin. If this is an ongoing thing that occurs on North campus, then it should be a very interesting year for Oberlin’s party culture moving forward. I know that I definitely won’t be a participant of these “noodle fights,” but it’s something that is funny as hell to watch. Shoutout to everybody involved with this ridiculous and hilarious idea.

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